The Portland Thorns defeated the Kansas City Current to win the NWSL championships
The GIST: The Portland Thorns are the first-ever three-time NWSL champions after defeating the Kansas City Current 2–0 to close out a challenging, but transformative season.
How it happened: As mentioned, it took league (and now championship game) MVP Sophia Smith just four minutes to silence the haters and score on Saturday. That early goal put the Current on their heels from the jump — they failed to produce a single shot on target and forfeited an own goal in the 56th minute.
Off-field impact: A crowd of 17,624 (including Billie Jean King) took in the primetime match at Washington D.C.’s Audi Field, capping off a year that saw a 30% increase in viewership and record attendance numbers across the NWSL.
- But most importantly, the trophy ceremony came with Portland still at the center of an investigation into systemic abuse within the league, making the team’s win all the more impressive.
- So with the NWSL’s own investigation into that abuse expected to drop in the coming days, we’ll be celebrating the brave players committed to changing this league from the inside out.